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Robert Tear

Singer details:

Voice: Tenor
Nationality: Welsh
Year of Birth: 1939
Year of Death: 2011

About Robert Tear:

Robert Tear, (pronounced to rhyme with "beer") CBE (8 March 1939 – 29 March 2011) was a Welsh tenor singer, teacher and conductor. He first became known singing in the operas of Benjamin Britten in the mid-1960s. From the 1970s until his retirement in 1999 his main operatic base was the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; he appeared with other opera companies in the UK, mainland Europe, the US and Australia. Generally avoiding the Italian repertoire, which did not suit his voice, Tear became known in leading and character roles in German, British and Russian operas.

Tear's concert repertoire was wide, extending from music from the 17th century to contemporary works by Britten, Tippett and others. He conducted for some years from the mid-1980s, but found himself temperamentally unsuited to it. As a teacher at the Royal Academy of Music he was happier, and was well regarded by colleagues and pupils.

Tear was born in Barry, Glamorgan, the son of Thomas Tear, a railway clerk, and his wife Edith, née Dodds. As a schoolboy at Barry Boys' Grammar School he sang in a local church choir and at the age of seven he took part in the nascent Welsh National Opera's first production, Cavalleria Rusticana in Cardiff in April 1946. In 1957 he won a choral scholarship to King's College, Cambridge where he studied English. His biographer Raymond Holden counts as his chief university influences the critic and teacher F. R. Leavis, the writer E. M. Forster and the conductor David Willcocks.

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Nr.Title scenePopularityOperaComposerActTypeVoicesLang.Roles
1Nur stille! stille! Popularity:

Opera: Zauberflöte, DieComposer: MozartAct: 2.32

Type: quintetVoice: T S S S MzLanguage: German

Roles: Monostatos/Queen/Three ladies
2Du feines Taubchen nur herein Popularity:

Opera: Zauberflöte, DieComposer: MozartAct: 1.13

Type: trioVoice: S T BrLanguage: German

Roles: Pamina/Monostatos/Papageno
3Alles fühlt der Liebe Freuden Popularity:

Opera: Zauberflöte, DieComposer: MozartAct: 2.09

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: German

Roles: Monostatos
4Ah! che ridere! Popularity:

Opera: Sposo Deluso, LoComposer: MozartAct: 1

Type: quartetVoice: S T T BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Bettina/Asdrubale/Pulcherio/Bocconio
5Cosa sento! Tosto andate Popularity:

Opera: Nozze di Figaro, LeComposer: MozartAct: 1.14

Type: trioVoice: Br S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Count/Susanna/Basilio
6In quegli anni in cui val poco Popularity:

Opera: Nozze di Figaro, LeComposer: MozartAct: 4.05

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Basilio
7Basilio in traccia tosto di Figaro Popularity:

Opera: Nozze di Figaro, LeComposer: MozartAct: 1.15

Type: recitativeVoice: Br S Mz TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Count/Susanna/Cherubino/Basilio
8Nel padiglione a manca Popularity:

Opera: Nozze di Figaro, LeComposer: MozartAct: 4.04

Type: quartet,recitativeVoice: S B-Br T BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Barbarina/Figaro/Basilio/Bartolo
9Ah, son perduto! Popularity:

Opera: Nozze di Figaro, LeComposer: MozartAct: 1.13

Type: recitativeVoice: S Br TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Susanna/Count/Basilio
10Evviva! Popularity:

Opera: Nozze di Figaro, LeComposer: MozartAct: 1.19

Type: recitativeVoice: S B-Br T Mz BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Susanna/Figaro/Basilio/Cherubino/Count
11Svanir le voci Popularity:

Opera: NormaComposer: BelliniAct: 1.03

Type: recitativeVoice: T TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Pollione/Flavio
12Me protegge me difende Popularity:

Opera: NormaComposer: BelliniAct: 1.06

Type: duetVoice: T TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Flavio/Pollione
13La tua ventura ci rassicura Popularity:

Opera: Manon LescautComposer: PucciniAct: 1.07

Type: recitativeVoice: T B Br BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Edmondo/Geronte/Lescaut/Innkeeper
14Ave sera gentile Popularity:

Opera: Manon LescautComposer: PucciniAct: 1.01-1

Type: aria,choirVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Edmondo/Chevalier
15Discendono vediam Popularity:

Opera: Manon LescautComposer: PucciniAct: 1.04

Type: recitativeVoice: T Br B T BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Edmondo/Lescaut/Innkeeper/Chevalier/Geronte
16Vedete? Io son fedele parola mia Popularity:

Opera: Manon LescautComposer: PucciniAct: 1.09

Type: duetVoice: T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Chevalier/Manon
17Cavalli pronti avete Popularity:

Opera: Manon LescautComposer: PucciniAct: 1.11

Type: recitative,choirVoice: Br B TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Lescaut/Geronte/Edmondo
18La tua proserpina di resisterti Popularity:

Opera: Manon LescautComposer: PucciniAct: 1.08

Type: duetVoice: T TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Edmondo/Chevalier
19Manon!..Des Grieux! Popularity:

Opera: Manon LescautComposer: PucciniAct: 3.03

Type: duetVoice: S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Manon/Chevalier/Lamplighter
20Ma bravo! Popularity:

Opera: Manon LescautComposer: PucciniAct: 1.03

Type: aria,choirVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Edmondo
21Se il tuo duol Popularity:

Opera: IdomeneoComposer: MozartAct: 2.02

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Arbace
22Padre mio caro padre Popularity:

Opera: IdomeneoComposer: MozartAct: 3.15-1

Type: recitativeVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Idamante
23O tu che in seno agli angeli Popularity:

Opera: Forza del destino, LaComposer: VerdiAct: 3.03

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Alvaro
24Vivat Bacchus! Bacchus lebe! Popularity:

Opera: Entführung aus dem Serail, DieComposer: MozartAct: 2.15

Type: duetVoice: B TLanguage: German

Roles: Osmin/Pedrillo
25Ach Belmonte! Ach mein Leben! Popularity:

Opera: Entführung aus dem Serail, DieComposer: MozartAct: 2.18

Type: quartetVoice: T S T SLanguage: German

Roles: Belmonte/Konstanze/Pedrillo/Blonde
26Nie werd ich deine Huld verkennen Popularity:

Opera: Entführung aus dem Serail, DieComposer: MozartAct: 3.10

Type: quintetVoice: T S T S BLanguage: German

Roles: Belmonte/Konstanze/Pedrillo/Blonde/Osmin
27Marsch marsch trollt euch fort Popularity:

Opera: Entführung aus dem Serail, DieComposer: MozartAct: 1.15

Type: trioVoice: B T TLanguage: German

Roles: Osmin/Belmonte/Pedrillo
28Frisch zum Kampfe Popularity:

Opera: Entführung aus dem Serail, DieComposer: MozartAct: 2.13

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: German

Roles: Pedrillo
29Come away fellow sailors Popularity:

Opera: Dido and AeneasComposer: PurcellAct: 3.01

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: English

Roles:
30If not for mine for Empire's sake Popularity:

Opera: Dido and AeneasComposer: PurcellAct: 1.10

Type: ariaVoice: baritone or tenorLanguage: English

Roles: Aeneas
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